POSTED: September 6th 2008

Hammer throwers test positive

Deyvatovskiy and Tsikhan /
Deyvatovskiy and Tsikhan /

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Belarus hammer-throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan are on the brink of losing their medals after failing dope tests at last month’s Olympic Games.

Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, respectively silver and bronze-medal winners in Beijing, were tested after completion of the hammer event on August 17.

Tsikhan, 32 and a former double world champion, had not been in trouble with the testers before. However Devyatovskiy had been suspended for two years between 2000 and 2002 after a previous positive finding. He thus risks a life ban from competition if the B sample also confirms the presence of testosterone.

Lamine Diack, president of the international athletics federation, said: “The IOC must take its own decision but for us it is clear: this will mean suspensions.”

Both men deny the offence in the event which saw gold go to Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia. Krisztian Pars (Hungary) will be promoted to silver and Koji Murofushi (Japan) to bronze.

The latest cases will be considered by the disciplinary commission of the International Olympic Committee within the next three weeks.

The total of Olympic doping charges now stands at eight. Others to have tested positive include two further medal-winners in the North Korean shooter Kim Jong-known (Beta-blockers) and the Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska. The latter has already been disqualified and stripped of her silver medal.

The other four are the Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong (diuretic), Ukrainian weightlifter Igor Razoronov (steroids), the Spanish cyclist Maribel Moreno (EPO) and Fani Halkia who was 2004 Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles.

Almost 5,000 tests were carried out in Beijing on the first five in each event plus two chosen by lottery.

Keywords · Vadim Devyatovskiy · Ivan Tsikhan · doping · Olympic Games · Beijing · weight lifting

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